Roderick Watts, Psychology, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College

Liberation Studies North: Getting U.S. Up to Speed

Sociopolitical Development: It’s Not Just for Activists Anymore

Tuesday, October 15, 4pm, 1199 Nancy Nicholas Hall

Raising the Love Child of Liberation Studies and Activism: Just Practice

Wednesday, October 16, 4pm, 206 Ingraham

Open Seminar for Students, Faculty and Public

Thursday, October 17, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

Co-sponsored by Global Studies, the School of Human Ecology, and the Afro-American Studies Department

A man smiles at the camera - a thin black and white mustache lining his upper lip. His black hair is cropped short. He wears a beige button-down shirt featuring a small windowpane print. Behind him, books can be seen on shelves.RODERICK WATTS is Professor of Social Welfare at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, and Professor of Social-Personality Psychology at Graduate Center, both at the City University of New York.  As a community psychologist and a licensed clinical psychologist, his research and applied work looks at human development and social change from multiple levels of analysis. He is a fellow in the American Psychological Association and the Society for Community Research and Action. He recently ended a long stint as a senior associate editor for the American Journal of Community Psychology. Professor Watt has done extensive work as a consultant for program development and evaluation to schools and universities, foundations, research and public-policy organizations, on topics such as men’s development, human diversity, and sociopolitical development. His action and research activities mirror these topics along with broader interests in psycho-educational interventions, social and cultural identity, and qualitative/action research methodology. His current publications include empirical investigations of sociopolitical development theory, particularly the role of social identity and critical consciousness. The two major projects he is working on now are a three-year evaluation of the National Rites of Passage Institute which disseminates African-centered interventions for Black youth and he is currently the principal investigator for a four-year international study of youth organizing.